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5:40 PM ET, August 22, 2011

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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama in Close Race Against Romney, Perry, Bachmann, Paul  —  Romney has slight edge over Obama, Bachmann slightly lags  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama is closely matched against each of four possible Republican opponents when registered voters are asked whom they would support …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Paul Ryan Not Running for President  —  Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan has decided for a final time that he will not run for president in 2012, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned.  Ryan, who began seriously considering a bid in late May after Indiana governor Mitch Daniels took himself out of the race …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
There's Room for More G.O.P. Candidates  —  Rather than douse speculation about which additional Republicans might enter the presidential sweepstakes, Rick Perry's announcement that he would seek the White House seemed only to stoke the fire.  At least five prominent Republicans — Sarah Palin …
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama 50%, Palin 33%
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gallup: Obama trails Romney, ties Perry
Palmetto Freedom Forum / Facebook:
SC Labor Day Candidate Forum Draws Top Republican Presidential Contenders
Discussion: msnbc.com
The Note:
Rep. Paul Ryan Says He is NOT Running for President
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘thank America last’ crowd  —  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) issued a joint statement last night on the developments in Libya.  It's worth taking a look at the lede. … Remember hearing about the “blame America first” crowd?  Well, say hello to the “thank America last” crowd.
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Juan / Informed Comment:
Top Ten Myths about the Libya War  —  The Libyan Revolution has largely succeeded, and this is a moment of celebration, not only for Libyans but for a youth generation in the Arab world that has pursued a political opening across the region.  The secret of the uprising's final days of success lay …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama hails Gadhafi's end after enduring lawmakers' criticism  —  The fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi after a NATO bombing campaign and a six-month civil war would represent a significant foreign policy victory for President Obama.  —  Despite opposition and heavy criticism …
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
PHOTOS: Libyans Applaud President Obama And International Allies With Large Thank You Sign
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Just One Week Into His Campaign, Rick Perry Disavows His Nine-Month-Old Book  —  Last November, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) published Fed Up, a 240-page ode to tentherism, which argues that everything from child labor laws to the Clean Air Act to Medicare violates the Constitution.
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Brooks Boliek / The Politico:
FCC finally kills off fairness doctrine  —  The FCC gave the coup de grace to the fairness doctrine Monday as the commission axed more than 80 media industry rules.  —  Earlier this summer FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agreed to erase the post WWII-era rule, but the action Monday puts …
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Amy Schatz / Washington Wire:
Off the Books: FCC to Delete ‘Fairness Doctrine’
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Cult Of The Presidency In Action  —  Gene Healy has written about what he calls “The Cult of the Presidency,” and I've written about his concept as well.  It is a pervasive mentality that views the president as a kind of national father, responsible for everything that goes well or ill …
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What could Obama have done?  —  (Andrew Harrer - Bloomberg) …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Imagining Better Yesterdays
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry  —  America's trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  —  Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred - and fear - as Perry …
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Mercury News:
Opinion: Subsidizing Netflix  —  One of the success stories of the Internet era has been Netflix, the company that provides movies and TV shows to home viewers.  In its earlier years, Netflix was a snail-mail-only service.  You ordered a movie.  It showed up in your mailbox.
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Enterprise Blog
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:   Is The Free Market ‘Subsidizing’ Netflix?
Laura Italiano / New York Post:
DA filing to reveal new ‘bombshells’ about DSK accuser's credibility  —  She lied about sex.  She lied about money.  She even lied about lying.  —  That's the conclusion of Manhattan prosecutors, who promise they'll drop “bombshells” in detailing new credibility issues for the hotel maid …
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City Room:
Prosecutor Asks Court to Drop Charges Against Strauss-Kahn
Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Attorney General of N.Y. Is Said to Face Pressure on Bank Foreclosure Deal  —  Eric T. Schneiderman, the attorney general of New York, has come under increasing pressure from the Obama administration to drop his opposition to a wide-ranging state settlement with banks over dubious foreclosure practices …
Harvey Golub / Wall Street Journal:
My Response To Buffett And Obama  —  Before you ask for more tax money from me, raise the $2.2 trillion you already collect each year more fairly and spend it more wisely.  —  Over the years, I have paid a significant portion of my income to the various federal, state and local jurisdictions …
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
In the Race to Succeed Weiner, a Surprising Anger at Obama  —  Of all the places to hear fulminations against President Obama, one of the least expected is the corner of 71st Avenue and Queens Boulevard, in the heart of a Congressional district that propelled Democrats like Geraldine A. Ferraro …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
PARTNERS … - POLITICS - PROFILES - THE TALK OF THE TOWN - COMMENT - THIS WEEK'S ISSUE - THE FINANCIAL PAGE - NEWS DESK - THE POLITICAL SCENE
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Libya War argument  —  In April, 2003, American troops entered Baghdad and Saddam Hussein was forced to flee; six months later, the dictator was captured ("caught like a rat in a hole," giddy American media outlets celebrated) and eventually hanged.  Each of those incidents caused massive numbers …
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Climate Secret: NSF Quietly Closes Out Inspector General Investigation with Complete Vindication of Michael Mann  —  NSF Inspector General: “Finding no research misconduct or other matter raised by the various regulations and laws discussed above, this case is closed.”
Jake Blumgart / American Prospect:
Happy Birthday, Welfare Reform  —  Fifteen years after President Clinton cut a hole in the social safety net, poor Americans are paying the price.  —  Fifteen years ago today, Bill Clinton signed the law that created the program commonly known as welfare-to-work, fulfilling a campaign promise to “end welfare as we know it.”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Freeman to POTUS: ‘Get pissed off’  —  When President Obama jumped on the back nine of the celebrity-clogged Vineyard Golf Club course on Sunday, he ran into none other than Morgan Freeman, Oscar winner and Obama backer.  —  Freeman, it turns out, was as free with advice for Obama …
WorldNetDaily:
Strange political bedfellows  —  Have you ever noticed how some of the most disparate extremists on the political spectrum actually end up serving each other's interests - at least in the short term?  —  Let me give you an example of what I'm talking about.
 
 
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Rep. West: I'm not running for Senate
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Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Is Obama's “specific” plan now just an outline?
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Team Obama deals the race card against Perry
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Mr. President, Don't Get Well Soon
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Michelle Obama comes prepared for a beach day with Barack
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Joel Bakan / New York Times:
The Kids Are Not All Right
Robert Costa / National Review:
‘She Will Run’  —  Ames, Iowa — Political organizer Peter …
BBC:
Libya conflict: Fighting rages near Gaddafi compound
Bloomberg:
Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2T in Loans